|Broadcast (Daily Syndication)|
National: 9/9/1996 – 9/5/1997
|Ralph Edwards-Stu Billett Productions|
"Ok, picture this, you're on a blind date and it just ain't happenin'. (BZZZ!) Don't you wish you could just push a button and make em disappear? Well, now you can! On BZZZ! And now, the host of your show, (Why that would be) ME! ANNIE WOOD!"
Bzzz! was a fast-paced version of The Dating Game.
A bachelor/bachelorette (who was dubbed "The Bzzer") was shown four members of the opposite sex. Each one appeared behind a heart-shaped screen and told everyone about themselves, but the Bzzer couldn't see through it. The Bzzer asked each one a single question during their appearance. Once the introductions were done, the Bzzer decided who to eliminate but not completely. Then the Bzzer & host Annie went over to a table where The Bzzer would talk to the remaining three contestants for two minutes. The Bzzer met each player one at a time, and he/she asked questions to each one. If the Bzzer did not like the contestant in any way, he/she pressed the bzzer to "Bzzz!" the player in control out of the game. Host Annie would escort that player out. Upon bzzzing a player out of the game, the set went dark, a giant "BZZZ!" sign lit up in red on a wall, and a superimposed message appeared to the bzzed contestant. The Bzzer even made a remark as to why he/she bzzed that contestant (the eliminated player(s) wore headphones to block out the explaination). But if the Bzzer liked the player in control, he/she rang a bell and they became a couple. Upon ringing the bell, the Bzzer met the players who didn't get a chance (if any), followed by the eliminated player. However, if The Bzzer bzzed all three contestants or if the two minutes ran out, then the Bzzer got the eliminated player instead.
Here are the messages that appear whenever a Bzzed player is removed from the game.
- And so it Goes
- Aw, Shucks!
- Be Good to Yourself
- Check Please
- Down In Flames
- Drive Safely
- Exit to the Rear
- Game Over
- Go to your Room
- Keep the Faith
- Keep on Truckin
- Later, Guy!
- Pack Your Bags
- Return to Sender
- Say It Ain't So
- Too Hip for The Room
- Win Some, Lose Some
- Whomp! There it Goes
- You're Excused
- Your Table's Ready!
Round 2: SimpaticoEdit
In the Simpatico round, each couple stood at a partition and was read seven statements by host Annie. On each statement, the couple independently made one of two choices (the choices were chosen by the Bzzer before the show). The couple's job was to match their answers and each match was worth $50 (later $100) and if they matched on all the questions, their total was augmented to $1,000. Later in the run, the number of statements was lowered to five but each match was again upped to $100 (the $1,000 was still intact); plus Simpatico was played after each couple was formed.
Either way, the couple with the most money won the game, a prize package and went on to play "Final Bzzz!". Both couples kept their money.
In case of a tie, host Annie read a percentage question and both couples had a few seconds to think it over before coming up with an answer. The couple with the closest percentage was declared the winners.
Test Pilot TiebreakerEdit
In early test pilot shows, the tiebreakers was played "Card Sharks"-style. For one couple gave a percentage answer while the other predicted whether the actual answer was higher or lower than the couple guess. If the couple with the higher/lower guess was right, they won; but if the couple with the higher/lower guess was wrong or if the percentage guessing couple hit it right on the nose, the percentage guessing couple won.
In the Final BZZZ!, the roles were reversed. For this time the winning contestant asked one final question to "The Bzzer". And if the winning contestant "Bzzed", the date was off and he/she won a prize; otherwise if he/she rung the bell, the date was on.
For the first taped show (maybe two), The Final BZZZ! did not play; and on dates with celebrities, the Final BZZZ! did not play, making the reverse conversation merely for fun.
In later shows after the opening, Annie Wood would read a viewer submitted question about the show. She would then present the answer in a variety of ways that were or were not seen before.
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A standard round of BZZZ!
A partial round of BZZZ! with a perfect Simpatico Round
A full Act 3 and Credits
A playing of Final BZZZ!
Annie Wood & executive producer Ralph Edwards announcing the Truth of Consequences Fiesta